November 21, 2012


A few days ago, my friend Lindsey brought me to this sanctuary retreat on a cliff side above the Pacific Ocean, known as the Reflection Gardens in Encinitas, California. I can’t believe that I’ve lived in San Diego for 8 years, and had never even heard of this place! Peaceful and pristine. Absolutely breathtaking. The tropical landscape is perfectly designed with lively pops of color and the elaborate Koi ponds are kept slightly hidden.

These gardens are a perfect place for meditation or in my case, photography. The only guidelines are to follow the set path and remember to whisper.

If you ever find yourself in Southern California, I recommend spending a minute or two here. You’re welcome :)

November 19, 2012

less is more

I consider myself an art nerd. I work best hermit style – usually sitting on the floor surrounded by paper, glue, scissors, pencils, exactos, t-squares, etc. But even under all this stuff, I am completely organized. I know exactly where my tools are, including any specific shred of paper that I may need at any given moment.

Because I am such a neat freak, The Container Store has become one of my FAVORITE places. I was so happy when I found these Bisley filing drawers to categorize my insane collection of paper. I divide them by color, not content, because most of my work usually has an emphasis on the different values within a color family. This little system I’ve created saves me so much time! I never miss an opportunity to use the perfect color or pattern and cleaning up is a lot less tedious.

Organizing actually puts me at ease. Knowing that everything has its place, I feel more in control. It clears my head to organize ANYTHNG. I find myself de-cluttering all the time. Lose the stuff that you “might use/need someday”. Recycle or donate something that no longer serves you. It’s crazy how much junk can accumulate around us, you’d be surprised. Try simplifying your home or office, and I’m sure you’ll feel ‘lighter’.

Less is always more.

November 7, 2012

golden november


Fall back into huge sweaters, spicy Chai lattes and headlights at 5pm. Fuzzy scarves. Greige nail polish. Pumpkin flavored everything. One week into November and I’m already dreaming of Thanksgiving dinner…

I know that San Diego’s Fall will never compare to the blazing trees on the east coast, but I’ve grown to love the more subtle seasonal changes. Because I moved here from Boston at the end of September, this time of year always brings me back to my first impression of this sunny new world. Bright, gleaming, golden. As the touristy crowds begin to fade, everything seems to move a little slower, gently easing us into that familiar hibernation mode.

October 29, 2012

collage : reflection

Warm neutrals, organic patterns, feathered textures, continued rhythm. Earthy tones contrasted with cool accents. Soft. Glowing. Welcoming. Just a taste of the tangible things that I like to surround myself with, the moods that I try to convey through my art. My environment is an organized mess; much like most of my collages. I like to think of my overall style as somewhat refined, clean and clear but still relaxed, comfortable and approachable…Sometimes, white space can be perceived as cold, but I try to utilize it to balance the controlled chaos.

October 18, 2012

my thailand

Three years ago today, I was anxiously sipping champagne on a surprisingly luxurious 18 hour flight, en route to Bangkok, Thailand.

Looking back, I think this must have been somewhat of a ‘Quarter Life Crisis’ because just after my 25th birthday, I found myself with a college degree but unhappy with my job and searching for a change of pace. Without any serious commitments to hold me back, I started paying more attention to that ever-present travel bug living in my head.

A few friends had told me about their experiences teaching English in China and Korea, where they were able to live and work in another country while still finding time to travel. ENLIGHTENMENT. After doing a little research of my own, I found an organization that offered a semester-long program to teach in Thailand and decided to go for it.

Because of my background in graphic design, I was placed in one of Bangkok’s most prestigious high schools, teaching Photoshop. My students were all so bright and talented and spoke almost perfect English. I was beyond inspired by their creativity, finding more similarities than differences between us. Of course there were a few wild ones, but I expected that…

Living in the heart of the city, I was overwhelmed with sensory overload. Music, food, swarms of people, CRAZY traffic – vibrant sounds and colors pouring in from every direction. I never got used to the locals blatantly staring and taking candid photos of me, but aside from the paparazzi, I loved being thrown into this completely foreign culture, challenged to find my way around, and forced to make new friends. Traveling alone will most definitely reveal your true self.

Needless to say, Thailand was a once in a lifetime adventure that I’ll never forget. I met amazing people and stood before unreal scenery, never to see the world through the same eyes again.

October 12, 2012

the jealous curator


My latest blog addiction is The Jealous Curator – “A collection of artwork that inspires & depresses me. I know it’s good when I’m left thinking DAMN I WISH I THOUGHT OF THAT.” -Danielle Krysa

I fell in love the basic premise: acknowledging that guilty hint of jealousy that we, as artists, may feel when we come across some amazing artwork. I can totally relate as I’m (secretly) familiar with these fleeting thoughts of great inspiration, slightly tinted green with envy.

I believe it’s only a natural reaction. Honest. Harmless. Complimentary even. But I really love how The Jealous Curator just announces it! Freely admitting as she showcases her handpicked art finds based on who she’s “jealous” of that particular day. This playfulness removes any negative connotation and creates a down-to-earth environment, simply sharing and admiring creative talent.

Seasoned designer and Creative Director, Danielle Krysa recognizes and proves the power in blogging,

“I may not have actual gallery walls, but thanks to the internet I have all of the white space any curator could ever want… and there are no nail holes to fill!”

Clever. Cool. Innovative. The Jealous Curator’s brilliant vision inspires me to keep pushing my ideas further, build a fresh concept, and own it.

Originally starting this blog just for herself, Danielle was happily surprised with a flood of positive attention: guest posts and features, expanding into live galleries, and a book in the works. Her series of one-day workshops, The Girl Crush Tea Party sounds really fun, too. Celebrating women artists, sharing inspiration, and creating art together in a cool city… I’m 100% in. Definitely looking into a mini trip very soon!